Song of the Day #4,304: ‘Love is a Stranger’ – Eurythmics

I covered Madonna and Cyndi Lauper, and now you can add Annie Lennox to the list of remarkable women who helped define pop music in 1983. Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) was not Eurythmics’ debut album (it was their second), but it was the one that catapulted them into popularity.

The duo (Dave Stewart and Lennox) had a string of successful albums through the 80s before going on hiatus in 1989. They recorded a final album in 1999.

The title track of Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) remains the band’s defining song, but the whole album is a great listen. I don’t really remember second single ‘Love is a Stranger’ (today’s SOTD), but it’s a sultry blast. None of the other tracks (save Sam & Dave cover ‘Wrap It Up’) are very familiar, but they all deliver a winning synth-pop groove.

Multi-instrumentalist Stewart was responsible for much of the band’s sound, but their appeal was all about Lennox. With her super short orange hair and men’s suits, she was both androgynous and super sexy.

What a year 1983 was for gay icons. You have Madonna, Boy George, Cyndi Lauper and Lennox all climbing the charts at the same time, with Michael Stipe just entering the scene. It’s easy to look back 30+ years and bemoan the lack of wokeness, but pop culture had its share of progressive role models.

Love is a stranger
In an open car
To tempt you in
And drive you far away

Ooh, love is a stranger
In an open car
To tempt you in
And drive you far away

And I want you
And I want you
And I want you so
It’s an obsession

And I want you
And I want you
And I want you so
It’s an obsession

Love is a danger
Of a different kind
To take you away
And leave you far behind

And love love love
Is a dangerous drug
You have to receive it
And you still can’t get enough of the stuff

It’s savage and it’s cruel
And it shines like destruction
Comes in like the flood
And it seems like religion
It’s noble and it’s brutal
It distorts and deranges
And it wrenches you up
And you’re left like a zombie

And I want you
And I want you
And I want you so
It’s an obsession

It’s guilt edged
Glamorous and sleek by design
You know it’s jealous by nature
False and unkind
It’s hard and restrained
And it’s totally cool
It touches and it teases
As you stumble in the debris

And I want you
And I want you
And I want you so
It’s an obsession

And I want you
And I want you
And I want you so
It’s an obsession

One thought on “Song of the Day #4,304: ‘Love is a Stranger’ – Eurythmics

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I don’t really remember this song either, but the title track was omnipresent. It was one of a handful of songs that caught my mother’s attention. She really loved it, and I did as well.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.